The author argues that, after five decades of debate about the interactive of solar wind with the magnetosphere, it is time to get back to basics. Starting with Newton's law, this book also examines Maxwell's equations and subsidiary equations such as continuity, constitutive relations and the Lorentz transformation; Helmholtz' theorem, and Poynting's theorem, among other methods for understanding this interaction.
- Includes chapters on prompt particle acceleration to high energies, plasma transfer event, and the low latitude boundary layer
- More than 200 figures illustrate the text
- Includes a color insert
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1. Historical Introduction
2. Approximate Methods
3. Helmholtz's Theorem
4. Poynting's Energy Conservation Theorem
6. High Altitude Cusps
7. Low-Latitude Boundary Layer
7. Driving The Plasma Sheet
9. Magnetospheric Substorms
Walter Heikkila is Professor Emeritus in the Physics Department at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include space physics and solar physics, specifically magnetospheric physics, solar wind, and auroral substorms. He received his PhD in Low Temperature Physics from the University of Toronto. He has since worked for the Defence Research Telecommunications Establishment, before becoming Associate Professor of Physics at the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies and subsequently Professor of Physics at University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of the first edition of Earth's Magnetosphere and a leading expert on the Earth's magnetic field.